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09 Jul.'16 | Negotiations between the Civil aviation authorities of Georgia and Turkmenistan on the establishing of regular flights between the two countries

The meeting held in Ashkhabad on July 4, 2016 aimed to discuss the perspectives of starting direct flights between the two countries. The decision of holding the negotiations had been taken  at the second session of Georgia-Turkmenistan  intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation (November 27-28, 2014). The representatives of Turkmenistan Airlines (Türkmenhowaýollary) have also attended the meeting of two aviation authorities.

As a result of the negotiations, the Parties have reached agreement to launch direct passenger flights between Ashkhabad and Tbilisi. The Turkmen Side presumes to start the air service by September 17 – after a new air terminal of  Ashgabat International Airport will open. For the purpose of promoting the establishment of direct flights and timely resolving organization-technical issues, a delegation of the Civil Aviation State Department of Turkmenistan will visit the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency in the nearest future.

Within the meeting the authorities signed a memorandum on mutual understanding granting rights to air carriers for performing direct air services to any destination in Georgia and Turkmenistan, without any restrictions. Until now, flights were performed between the capital cities only.

Besides, by the initiative of the Georgian Side, aviation authorities will start working on a new air service agreement based on the liberal principles (The August 17, 1993 agreement is applicable currently) to promote free competition and price policy between airlines and to lift any restrictions related to capacity, number of carriers and frequencies.

As part of the negotiations, the Parties have also discussed the issue of promoting chartered and cargo flights between the two countries.

 

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